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Book Lovers Invited to Discussion Series at MATC-Mequon

Feb. 12, 2009

Maya Angelou’s Letter to My Daughter and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma will be featured in the spring series of book discussions at the Mequon Campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College, 5555 W. Highland Rd. Free and open to the public, the group will meet on Wednesday, March 18, and Wednesday, April 22, in Room A114, from 7-8:15 p.m.

On March 18, MATC Sociology Instructor Rebecca Hartzog will lead a discussion of Angelou’s Letter to My Daughter, a compilation of essays and several poems written to the daughter she never had. Addressing all women, Angelou shares Angelou shares lessons she's learned from the people she’s met, places she has been and events of her life. She shares her wisdom on motherhood, kindness and what it means to be human.

On April 22, MATC Natural Sciences Instructor Brenda Wingard-Haynes and MATC Physical Education Instructor Pat Pretty will lead a discussion of Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The book examines the social, ethical and environmental impact of how we use and obtain food. Pollan traces the origins of four meals in a study of how additives and cost-effective production of today’s foods have left Americans overfed and undernourished. He explains the health risks of the additives which have led to obesity and diabetes epidemics and addresses the environmental impact of the way food is grown and animals are fed for consumption.

Buy any of the books at Creekside Books in Cedarburg or at the Mequon Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop (by March 31) and get 15 percent off when you mention the MATC Mequon Campus book discussion group. Copies of the books can be checked out at the Mequon Campus Library. For more information, please call Marianne Szabo, (262) 238-2262, or e-mail

The largest technical college in the state, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of the economy in southeastern Wisconsin. MATC offers 200 degrees, diplomas, certificates and apprenticeships, plus nearly 400 transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees. A large pre-college program enables people to complete high school and prepare for higher learning. The Office of Corporate Learning provides customized training to incumbent workers. Approximately 48,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses, numerous evening centers and community-based sites, or learn online. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses right here at home. Visit

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